On a conference call with the Tampa Bay media on Tuesday, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians stated that he’ll take all necessary precautions against COVID-19 on the sideline this season, but won’t coach from a box in the stadium.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by the Buccaneers

“No,” Arians said, laughing. “There’s no chance of me coaching from a box. I’ll have my mask and shield on, I won’t be able to spit on them (players, when yelling) anyway.”

Arians, who has been diagnosed with different types of cancer three times over the past 13 years, never considered opting out of the 2020 season despite the added risk of coronavirus.

“There was never a doubt that I was gonna coach, especially once I’d seen the protocols and everything that has taken place,” Arians said. “Whether it’s Tom or whoever the quarterback would be, I’m going to get excited. I really like our ball club, knock on wood, we can stay healthy this year and do the things we want to do. We want to get in the playoffs, so having Tom adds to the excitement, obviously, but I would have been all in either way.

“I’m very comfortable with our protocols. Now that I’ve gotten used to the protocols we’ve had a week of staff meetings where we went through all the protocols, how to teach with a mask on and all the things we’re going to do differently. I’m very, very comfortable with it. As far as on the field, I’ll maintain a mask and probably a shield just for personal use and coach like I’ve always coached.”

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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BigSombrero

Reminds me of the old Tampa Bay Bandits!

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SenileSenior

I see enough of the old school in Bruce Arians to like it very much. I see enough of a guy who can adapt and incorporate what’s new as well. He has a solid staff and a whole bunch of talent to work with among the players.

Let’s see if he can guide the team “over the top” during this crazy year. I am stoked!
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fredster

Love Arians. Glad to hear he’s not living in fear in a bubble.

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BigSombrero

No fear bubble.

A mask and a shield? Sure.

Social distancing plus no media or fans? Check.

Following league/team protocols in place? You bet.

Glad to see Arians isn’t a denier who thumbs his nose at the seriousness of the pandemic. He never once compared Covid-19 to the flu or car accidents. He gets it, obviously. Maybe some fans will follow his lead?

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chefboho

What like the doctor’s who say there’s a cure but are instantly taken of social media? Or perhaps it’s the 1000’s of fake positive tests that you’re speaking on? I had a positive result and had nothing more than a headache. I know three people who signed up for tests but couldn’t make it due to work and STILL had a positive test. Yes it’s dangerous to people with respiratory issues or the elderly. Keep letting the media scare you into your little bubble while the rest of us live our lives free like we should in this country Rate… Read more »

matador

Boho, people like you are why Florida is one of the biggest COVID hot spots and a laughingstock of the country. We were just hitting daily highs for deaths. Easy to say it’s not a problem as long as it isn’t someone in your family that gets sick or dies. Asshat.

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